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Ecology of Lianas

By: Stefan A Schnitzer(Editor), Frans Bongers(Editor), Robyn J Burnham(Editor), Francis E Putz(Editor), Steve Hubbell(Foreword By)

497 pages, 16 plates with colour photos; b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables


Hardback | Dec 2014 | #217380 | ISBN-13: 9781118392492
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About this book

A liana is a long-stemmed, woody vine that is rooted in the soil at ground level and uses trees to climb up to the canopy to get access to well-lit areas of the forest.

This edited volume on the ecology of lianas comprises chapters written by some of the foremost ecologists in the field. We have also identified a number of junior scientists who are beginning to make an impact on the field and could contribute new research and exciting results. The main goal of Ecology of Lianas is to present the current status of liana ecology in tropical and temperate forests. In essence, it is a forum to summarize and synthesize the most recent research in liana ecology and to address how this research fits into the broader field of ecology. In the course of reviewing what is new and exciting, liana-related issues that deserve more attention from researchers are highlighted.

The intended audience for Ecology of Lianas includes advanced undergraduates, graduate students, and researchers in forest ecology at the population, community, and ecosystem levels. Although Ecology of Lianas focuses on current research in liana ecology, many of the chapters also cover theories that are applicable to all ecological systems, not just tropical ones and not just focusing on lianas.

Each chapter follows a similar format. The first part of the chapter includes a concise history and review of the concept or theory at hand. The rest of the chapter is devoted to the presentation and interpretation of empirical data addressing that concept or theory. The author of each chapter has been able to use new or unpublished data or to synthesize and summarize his/her data or data of other authors.

"[...] The subject might be a bit of a narrow niche, but it's a very impressive collection of information should you want to know about lianas – just right for top end undergraduates and beyond."
– Peter Thomas, BES Bulletin 46(4), December 2015


List of Contributors
About the companion website

Part 1. Introduction
Chapter 1. The past, present, and future of liana ecology
Schnitzer, S.A. (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Putz, F.E. (University of Florida), Bongers, F. (Wageningen University), and Kroening, K. (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)

Part 2. Patterns of liana demography and distribution: from local to global

Chapter 2. Liana abundance and diversity in Cameroon’s Korup, National Park
Thomas, D. et al. (Oregon State University)
Chapter 3. Dynamics of lianas in DR Congo
Bongers, F. (Wageningen University) and Ewango, C.
Chapter 4. Liana composition and diversity among tropical forest types of peninsular India
Parthasarathy, N. et al. (Pondicherry University)
Chapter 5. Diversity and distribution of lianas in Yasuni, Ecuador
Burnham, R.J. (University of Michigan) and Romero-Saltos, H.
Chapter 6. Liana assemblage structure in four sites across the Brazilian Amazon
Nogueira, A. et al. (Universidade de São Paulo)
Chapter 7. The lianas of Barro Colorado Island, Panama
Schnitzer, S.A. (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute), Mangan, S.A. (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), and Hubbell, S.P. (University of California-Los Angeles)
Chapter 8. Diversity and distribution of lianas in Mexico
Ibarra-Manríquez, G. et al. (UNAM)
Chapter 9. Climbing plant diversity in Australia: taxonomy, biogeography and functional traits
Gallagher, R. (Macquarie University)
Chapter 10. Patterns of liana succession in tropical forests
Letcher, S. (Purchase College)
Chapter 11. Biogeographical patterns of liana abundance and diversity
DeWalt, S. et al. (Clemson University)

Part 3.  Liana-tree competition: community and ecosystem level effects
Chapter 12. Above and belowground competition between lianas and trees
Toledo-Aceves, T. (Instituto de Ecologica, A.C.)
Chapter 13. Impacts of lianas on forest-level carbon storage and sequestration
Van der Heijden, G. et al. (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Chapter 14. Reciprocal interactions between lianas and forest soil
Powers, J. (University of Minnesota)
Chapter 15. The role of lianas in temperate tree communities
Ladwig, L. (University of New Mexico) and Meiners, S.J. (Eastern Illinois University)

Part 4. Liana evolution
Chapter 16. Climbing plants in the fossil record: Paleozoic to present
Burnham, R.J. University of Michigan
Chapter 17. The evolution of angiosperm lianescense – a prospective from xylem structure – function
Isnard, S. (Botanique et Bioinformatique de l'architecture des plantes – AMAP) and Feild, T. (James Cook University)
Chapter 18. Evolutionary implications of the climbing habit in plants
Gianoli, E. Universidad de Concepción

Part 5. Liana Anatomy, Physiology, and Biomechanics
Chapter 19. Liana anatomy: a broad perspective on structural evolution of the vascular system
Angyalossy, V. (Universidade de São Paulo), Pace, M. (Universidade de São Paulo), and Lima, A. (Universidade de São Paulo)
Chapter 20. Physiological implications of the liana growth form
Santiago, L. et al. (University of California – Riverside)
Chapter 21. Canopy chemistry expresses the life-history strategies of lianas and trees
Asner, G. (Stanford University) and Martin, R. (Stanford University)
Chapter 22. Liana nutrient relations
Kazda, M. (University of Ulm)
Chapter 23. Stem biomechanics, strength of attachment and developmental plasticity of vines and lianas
Rowe, N. (Botanique et Bioinformatique de l'architecture des plantes – AMAP) and Speck, T. (University of Freiburg)

Part 6. Liana-animal interactions
Chapter 24. Effects of lianas on canopy arthropod community structure
Yanoviak, S. (University of Louisville)
Chapter 25. Liana – bird relationships: a review
Michel, N. (Tulane University), Robinson, D. (Oregon State University), and Sherry, T. (Tulane University)
Chapter 26. Relationship between lianas and arboreal mammals: testing the Emmons-Gentry hypothesis
Lambert, T. (Frostburg State University) and Halsey, M.K. (Frostburg State University)
Chapter 27. Use of lianas by primates: more than a food resource
Arroyo-Rodriguez, V. et al. (UNAM-Morelia)

Part 7. Lianas and Forest Management and Conservation
Chapter 28. Lianas as invasive species in North America
Leicht-Young, S. (US Forest Service) and Pavlovic, N.B. (US Forest Service)
Chapter 29. Ecological effects of lianas in fragmented forests
Campbell, M. (James Cook University) and Laurance, W. (James Cook University)
Chapter 30. Increasing liana abundance in neotropical forests: causes and consequences
Schnitzer, S.A. (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) 

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